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Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa

Andréa Marques, Ana M Rodrigues, José Carlos Romeu, Afonso Ruano, Ana Paula Barbosa, Eugénia Simões, Fernanda Águas, Helena Canhão, José Delgado Alves, Raquel Lucas, Jaime Cunha Branco, Jorge Laíns, Mário Mascarenhas, Susete Simões, Viviana Tavares, Oscar Lourenço, José António Pereira da Silva
OBJECTIVE: To establish Portuguese recommendations regarding the indication to perform DXA and to initiate medication aimed at the prevention of fragility fractures. METHODS: A multidisciplinary panel, representing the full spectrum of medical specialties and patient associations devoted to osteoporosis, as well as national experts in this field and in health economics, was gathered to developed recommendations based on available evidence and expert consensus. Recently obtained data on the Portuguese epidemiologic, economic and quality-of-life aspects of fragility fractures were used to support decisions...
October 18, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Fatma Nur Korkmaz, Gulsen Ozen, Ali Uğur Ünal, Pınar Kahraman Koytak, Nese Tuncer, Haner Direskeneli
Abstract/ Resumo Behcet's disease (BD) is a multisystem inflammatory disorder characterized by recurrent oral and genital ulcers, skin lesions and uveitis. The nervous system involvement of BD, neuro-Behcet's disease (NBD), is one of the important causes of mortality of the disease. Herein, we present a 29-year-old male with parenchymal NBD who has progressed rapidly and was managed with an uncommon aggressive immunosuppresive combination therapy. The patient first presented six years ago with vertigo and difficulty in talking and walking...
September 28, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Marta Licata, Giuseppe Armocida, Marco Broggini, Melania Borgo
The aim of this study was to investigate the degenerative markers at the spine in adult skeletons recovered from archaeological sites. The results of this study may allow us to make inferences about the etiology of the degenerative pathology, physical activity levels and life style in the community. The relevance of this research is that it constitutes a reliable data base to compare with future investigations.
September 18, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Claudia Quaresma, Claudia Silva, Mário Forjaz Secca, João Goyri O'Neill, Jorge Branco, António Marques
OBJECTIVE: To perform the cultural adaptation of the instrument Activity Record (ACTRE) and evaluate its psychometric qualities. METHOD: Six steps were followed:1) translation of the original instrument, 2) back-translation, 3) formal equivalence assessment, 4) evaluation by an expert in Portuguese language, 5) final critique by experts in the field and 6 ) applying the questionnaire to 53 pregnant women, aged between 18 and 39 years, at two different moments with an interval time of two hours aimed to evaluate the reliability level of temporal stability (test-retest) using the the Intraclass Correlation...
August 29, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Pedro David Carvalho, Cátia Duarte, Elsa Vieira-Sousa, Luís Cunha-Miranda, Pedro Avila-Ribeiro, Helena Santos, Miguel Bernardes, Maria José Santos, Marcos Cerqueira, Margarida Mateus, Patrícia Nero, Ana Águeda, José António Pereira da Silva, Pedro Machado
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflammatory rheumatic disease with a broad clinical spectrum. PsA can affect the axial skeleton, peripheral joints, entheses, synovial sheaths of tendons, skin, nails and extra-articular organs. Tumour necrosis factor alpha blockers (TNF blockers) were a breakthrough development in the treatment of PsA. Identifying predictors of response to biological therapies in patients with PsA is of utmost importance, especially in view of the costs and potential side effects of these agents...
August 17, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Juliana Lasmar Ayres do Amaral, Marizeli Viana de Aragão Araújo, George Alberto da Silva Dias, Esther Iris Christina Freifrau von Ledebur, Juarez Antonio Simões Quaresma, Hellen Thais Fuzii
Cervical cancer, the second most common cancer affecting women in Northern Brazil, is strongly associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Diseases affecting the immune state of a patient, including autoimmune diseases like systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), can lead to persistent HPV infection and cancer. We evaluated cervical HPV prevalence and the associated risk factors in 70 women with SLE in the city of Belém, located in Brazilian Amazon. HPV DNA was detected by PCR using primers MY9 and MY11...
August 17, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Aysegul Kucukali Turkyilmaz, Gul Devrimsel, Munevver Serdaroglu Beyazal, Aynur Kirbas, Yuksel Cicek, Erhan Capkin, Murat Karkucak, Ferhat Gokmen
OBJECTIVE: Serum YKL-40 plays roles in inflammatory and vascular processes. Our aim was to evaluate serum YKL-40 levels in patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and to investigate their potential relationship with arterial stiffness based on carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (CF-PWV). METHODS: Forty-three patients with AS and 41 healthy controls with no history or current signs of cardiovascular disease were included in the study. All patients were administered nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and none were prescribed anti-tumor necrosis factor agents...
August 9, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Lídia Teixeira, Ana Rita Fonseca, Gisela Eugénio, Marília Rodrigues, Nikita Khmelinskii, Sílvia Fernandes, Sofia Serra, Tiago Costa, Maria José Santos
INTRODUCTION: Infections are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in systemic inflammatory rheumatic diseases and the management of infectious complications in patients under biological therapies deserves particular attention. OBJECTIVE: Develop evidence-based recommendations for the management of infections in rheumatic patients receiving biological therapies. METHODS: A search in PubMed (until 10 November 2014) and EMBASE (until 20 December 2014) databases was performed...
August 6, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Osman Tanrıkulu, Mustafa Akif Sarıyıldız, İbrahim Batmaz, Levent Yazmalar, Nihat Polat, İbrahim Kaplan, Remzi Çevik
OBJECTIVES: Growth differentiation factor (GDF)-15 was originally identified as a factor secreted by activated macrophages, and plays an important role in cell growth and differentiation. GDF-15 plays an important role in cell growth, signal transduction, and apoptosis regulation. The aim of this study was to evaluate the serum GDF-15 levels and their relationship with disease-related characteristics in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-six patients diagnosed with RA and 36 demographically matched healthy control subjects participated in this study...
July 30, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
M Sollini, F Muratore, M Roncali, P A Erba, C Salvarani, A Versari
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July 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
M J Santos, M Conde, A F Mourão, F O Ramos, M Cabral, I Brito, M P Ramos, R C Marques, S M Gomes, M Guedes, M J Gonçalves, P Estanqueiro, C Zilhão, M Rodrigues, C Henriques, M Salgado, H Canhão, J E Fonseca, J M Gomes
OBJECTIVE: To provide evidence-based guidance for the rational and safe prescription of biological therapies in children and adolescents with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIAs) considering the latest available evidence and the new licensed biologics. METHODS: Rheumatologists and Pediatricians with expertise in Pediatric Rheumatology updated the recommendations endorsed by the Portuguese Society of Rheumatology and the Portuguese Society of Pediatrics based on published evidence and expert opinion...
July 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
A M Rodrigues, J C Branco, H Canhão
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
C Costa, A M Pinto, A T Pereira, M Marques, A Macedo, J A Pereira da Silva
BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia (FM) remains a relatively misunderstood and clinically challenging condition that impact significantly in the individual´s life, impairing global functioning and diminishing quality of life. Management is complex and frequently unsatisfactory, requiring personal tailoring and adaptation of interventions according to the fluctuations of the disease manifestations and their response to therapy. The use of comprehensive and quantified assessment tools constitutes, therefore, an essential component of the management of patients with FM...
July 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
A M Castro, D C Fernandes, A M Rodrigues, L M Pedro, M J Santos, H Canhão, J E Fonseca
INTRODUCTION: An excess in cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality has been recognized in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients when compared to the general population. Given the paucity of prospective data, our aim was to estimate the incidence of CV events and the contribution of traditional CVD risk factors and RA-related parameters to future events. METHODS: Incident fatal and non-fatal CV events (hospitalizations due to unstable angina, myocardial infarction, coronary artery revascularization procedures, stroke, or CV death) were assessed in a prospective cohort of RA women followed since 2007 and without CV events at cohort entry...
July 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
R Vieira, J M Bernardes, J A Pinto, L Costa
We present a rare association of idiopathic livedoid vasculopathy (LV) with peripheral sensory neuropathy successfully treated with intravenous immunoglobulin and warfarin and, after its failure, with rituximab. Although LV aetiology remains incompletely understood, the excellent clinical response observed in our patient suggests that B cells may be key players in its pathogenesis.
July 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
P Madureira, S S Pimenta, A Bernardo, J S Brito, M Bernardes, L Costa
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of tocilizumab (TCZ) on three patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and review the literature for other cases of PsA treated with TCZ. CLINICAL CASES: The first patient started TCZ treatment after the failure of adalimumab (ADA), and etanercept (ETA) (Disease Activity Score, DAS28: 6.66) to treat PsA. After 12 months, her DAS28 decreased to 3.26, and at present (24 months), she has achieved disease remission. The second patient started TCZ treatment after the failure of ADA...
July 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Thelma Skare, Eduardo Augusto Borba, Shirley Ramos Utiyama, Renato Nisihara
BACKGROUND: Anti B2-Glicoprotein 1 (B2-GPI) is an antiphospholipid antibody that may be present in primary or secondary antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). Systemic Lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the main disease associated with secondary APS. OBJECTIVE: To study the prevalence of anti B2-GPI in SLE patients. METHODS: Anti B2-GPI (IgM/IgG) was studied by ELISA in 88 patients with SLE of both genders; 18.6% of which with secondary APS. Charts were reviewed for clinical and serological profile...
June 22, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Sara Lourenço, Sofia Correia, Luís Alves, Filomena Carnide, Susana Silva, Raquel Lucas
We examined the association between intergenerational educational trajectories and lower back pain (LBP) outcomes in young women and men from the general population. Participants were part of the 21 years old follow-up of the EPITeen cohort study, which was set up during the 2003/2004 school year and recruited subjects born in 1990 attending schools in Porto, Portugal (n=1657, 51.6% women). Parental and individual educational levels were used to define intergenerational educational trajectories as stable-high, upward, stable-low, and downward...
May 15, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Xingwen Zhang, Ruozhuo Liu, Jing Wang, Yuqi Zhang, Yufei Liu, Zhe Yu, Shengyuan Yu
OBJECTIVES: Patients with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are at an elevated risk for the development of coronary artery disease, but the risk cerebrovascular disease among these patients remains incompletely understood. We investigated the cerebrovascular risk profiles of patients with a cerebrovascular disease and AS and compared these profiles to those of cerebrovascular disease patients without AS. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 34 patients with ischemic cerebrovascular disease also diagnosed with AS and 597 controls without AS with respect to patient age, gender, cerebrovascular risk factors, and laboratory test results...
May 15, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
Elmira Shamsian, Maryam Azarian, Maassoomeh Akhlaghi, Mehrnoosh Samaei, Ahmad Reza Jamshidi, Shirin Assar, Yadollah Shakiba, Farhad Gharibdoost, Keramat Nourijelyani, Mahdi Mahmoudi
AIM: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune disease which affects many tissues and organs, but majorly attacks synovial joints. Beyond the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes, Peptidyl arginine deiminase type IV (PADI4) has been suggested to be associated with RA susceptibility. Evidence regarding the association of PADI4 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) and RA is controversial, thus we conducted this large-scale case-control study to assess the association of rs874881 and rs11203367 PADI4 SNPs with susceptibility to RA...
May 15, 2016: Acta Reumatológica Portuguesa
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